The most important prey species are the Arabian Gazelle, Nubian Ibex, Cape Hare, Rock Hyrax
, Indian Crested Porcupine, Desert Hedgehog and several bird species.
Like most younger African hunters, Nicky started with the small stuff: dassie (also called rock hyrax
, similar in appearance and behavior to a North American rock chuck), Cape hare (a rabbit somewhere between a cottontail and jackrabbit in size), jackal (a canine predator with an appearance and size somewhere between a fox and coyote), steinbok (one of the Tiny Ten antelope, tipping the scales around 20 pounds), and, at the top of the heap, the "elephant" of the Little Five: the common springbok.
Additionally, the Rock Hyrax
(Procavia capensis), released during the 1990s, has maintained a small population up until today around an artificial water source on Jebel Hafit, Al Ain--Abu Dhabi Emirate (Drew C.
The survey results in the region indicated the presence of different types of wild animals that act as vital for the existence of the Arabian Leopard in the area for being one of its basic prey, such as the Arabian gazelle, Nubian Ibex, the Fox, Rock Hyrax
, Arab Partridge, Sand Partridge, Porcupines and others.
And whereas small mammals normally have a short pregnancy, for the rock hyrax
it lasts for 245 days - another sign of their relation to their much larger ancestors.
Strange white stains down the side of the rocks reveal a family of rock hyrax
tucked into a crevice, while a slithering track leads you to a young rock python creeping along an outcropping toward .
Ramallah: A small mammal at risk of extinction might seem an unusual source of stress for humans, but an influx of rock hyrax
on Palestinian farms near the Israeli segregation wall is creating an added burden for famers in the area.
The Rock Hyrax
, or dassie, capensis), is a minor game species of sub-Saharan Africa, and their colonies are often given away by urine stains and droppings in specific places, and the crystallised urine, called "hyracium" is used as a folk medicine in southern Africa.
Researchers analyzed social bonds in behavioral data from a long-term study of the rock hyrax
, a small mammal that lives in colonies across Africa and the Middle East.
Other than for the dedicated amateur and professional naturalist, sightings of most of the canine, feline and other species, such as the delightful Rock Hyrax
and Dorcas Gazelle, illustrated in Egypt's Flora and Fauna are very rare.
A team of researchers is tracing the climate history of South Africa by looking at the midden heaps -- the animal equivalent of a latrine -- of the rock hyrax
, a furry creature about the size of a guinea pig.
As infrastructural development reduces the number of the leopard's natural prey, such as ibex and rock hyrax
, the leopard looks to the easier and more readily available alternative; domestic livestock.